August 26, 2005
Pattern Of Behavior
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Michael Graham, Pat Robertson, George W. Bush, Russo Marsh & Rogers
PR firm, Republican state officials, those gung-ho MinuteMen, Eric
Rudolph, and Alan Greenspan. Notice a pattern yet? Read on. It's
Give Me One Of Those Old Time Religions!
Did you hear about FORMER hate radio host, Michael Graham? He
was finally fired because he wouldn't apologize for calling Islam
a terrorist organization. Naturally, like Judith Miller, he's turned
into a "free speech" lover. Infidels
Of Every Denomination writes:
Needless to say, he's all about the sanctity
of free speech NOW, just like any other whiny
wingnut who thinks s/he's entitled to a paid forum
from which to spew hate.
Speaking of spewing hate, why do rightwingers only turn the other
cheek when one of their own goes batshit? The
right-wing bloggers had plenty of the same-old-same-old to say this
week about Pat Robertson's fatwa against Venezuelan president Hugo
Your Curmudgeon can't see what all the foofaurauw
is about. Chavez is a brutal dictator, he's steadily
destroying the country he rules, and his minions
have already shed the blood of innocents to protect
his hold on power. Apart from sheer quantity,
was worse ever claimed for Saddam Hussein?
Typical. All right-wing talking points all the time.
Mother Superior Jumped The Gun
That's right, boys and girls! Radical Christian cleric Pat Robertson
gets a pass (actually, a big thumbs up) from his fundie fans, but
the dancing nun gets a reprimand for celebrating the appearance
of the new pope (not to be confused with New Coke) in Germany?
Attic's Kathleen Callon writes: "Let A Nun Have Some
All online polls this week indicate that the Mother Superior is
both completely out of touch and way out of line. It's times like
these that I wish some enterprising blogger would launch a secret
Mother Superior cam...
Back to radical Christian cleric Pat Robertson. Chris Johnson
asked: "C'mon, CNN, can't we put 'scare quotes' around the word
'Christian' when describing Pat Robertson yet?" And on my blog,
Scrivener's Lament, I asked: "Will Pat Robertson
now petition for The 9 Commandments to be displayed prominently
in public buildings?"
Well, Couldn't You Just Spit?
After causing a full-blown international incident, Ol'
Pat had the gall to claim that the Associated Press had misquoted
him. (Stop laughing!) I don't know about you, but I saw the Crooks
& Liars video. Who are you gonna believe, Pat or
your lying eyes and ears?
He now says there are many ways to "take Chavez out," including
kidnapping. So, Pat doesn't want to kill Chavez; he only wants to
kidnap him? These are Pat's choices?
But wait! There's more! Now Pat has issued a written
apology. Sort of. Okay, Pat. Your 15 minutes are up, pal.
86 President 36%
On the BushCo job approval front... Don't you just love the smell
in the morning? It looks like they had to add another bar to the
bottom of the graph. Ouch! Adding
insult to injury, Think Progress notes that even Tricky Dick
Nixon's approval was 39% at the height of the Watergate scandal.
It's high time we 86ed President 36%! No wonder George W. Vacation
Boy decided to take a vacation from his vacation and hide out in
Meanwhile, Cindy Sheehan returned to Camp Casey on Wednesday,
just in time to welcome George W. back from his vacation's vacation.
Emily Sharpe posts at Crawford
Update that volunteers are so anxious to hear the
president's definition of "noble cause" that they're constructing
a regulation Marine One helipad for him at Camp Casey II.
On a more personal note, Maria at 2
Political Junkies writes:
I keep hearing how Cindy Sheehan is a "tool"
of the Left -- as if she could not speak for herself
or come to her ideas on her own. Valerie Plame
is called a "Soccer Mom" as if she did not do
service for her country.
I have only one thing to say to that (Ladies,
feel free to chime in):
Been meaning to say that for a
while now. :-D
I'm with you, Maria!
For Sale: Grassroots Bullshit
George W.'s handlers must really be freaking out. Why else would
a prominent, RNC-connected public relations firm pretend to be a
grassroots organization (Move America Forward) protesting Cindy
Democratic Underground's Ninkasi gave the story its national legs,
Keith Olbermann ran with it, and Crooks And Liars posted the video,
of course. We all knew this was a scam; the words on their freeper
signs were spelled correctly...
Note the vast numbers of Bush supporters.
From Ninkasi's original DU
When the MAF (Move America Forward) website first
went up this (sic) take a look at who is was registered
The .com address was first registered using
Russo Marsh & Rogers
770 L Street, #950
Sacramento, CA 95814
That's right, this genuine act of patriotism
is brought to you by the Republican public relations
firm Russo Marsh and Rogers. The Move America
Forward organization isn't just based in the Bay
Area, it's based in the same offices as the Russo
PR firm. Same receptionist answers calls for both
organizations. Website was registered to the firm
until they figured out that it wouldn't look good
if people knew that a PR firm was behind this
'patriotic grassroots activist group.'
Aside from bad politics, that's just disgustingly
Disgustingly loathsome. Perfect description, Ninkasi!
Actually, make that disgusted and loathing. Earl
Weblog (click on the August archive) notes: "OMFG, if
you've lost the VFW, you've lost the war." You know BushCo's in
real trouble when members of his handpicked audiences look like
...and your soldiers in Iraq look like this:
Stupid Is As Stupid Does
Did BushCo think that George W.'s disgusting back door attacks
on Cindy Sheehan this week would go unnoticed? Jason
F King succinctly responds to Bush's Cindy Sheehan-inspired
"Iraq withdrawal would weaken the U.S." statement with:
So has the invasion, asshole.
Daily responds to BushCo's other Cindy Sheehan-inspired
"Those Who Protest Iraq War Don't Want U.S. to Win 'War on Terror'"
Typical Bush response to anyone that questions
his intentions. Next he will play the patriotic
card, you know, how unpatriotic the people that
oppose the continued war in Iraq are.
Looks like Rush Limbaugh is already laying
As for those mamas who don't protest the war but didn't let their
babies grow up to be soldiers, Philly blogger The
Disenchanted Forest revisits that Pittsburgh mom
who declared, "Military service is not for our son. It's not for
our kind of people." During your trek through The Disenchanted Forest,
be sure to note the info on Philadelphia's missing children in the
sidebar. We all know that the corporate-owned media won't cover
them. (You'll see why.)
Gay Haters Mess With Texas
G-A-Y, posting at Good
As You, writes:
Texas ballot's otherwise pleasant appearance
to be tainted by presence of bullsh*t
In Texas on Monday, the Secretary of State officially
announced that a proposed constitutional ban on
'mo marriage (homo marriage) will be the
second proposition on the November ballot. Bad
news for Propositions 1 & 3 (dealing with rail
facilities and economic development, respectively)
as they were totally hoping that the creme to
their sandwich cookie would not be a deceptive
buttmunch hellbent on polluting the state with
inequality, but rather a hot little proposal with
a tight ass and a fair demeanor.
Texans will vote on the matter November 8, followed
by gay Texans voting on whether or not they will
move to Canada on November 9.
As a native Texan (straight but not narrow), I say, "Give 'em
hell at the polls, gay Texans!"
Gate Houston City Limits
Junkheap Of History is on this MinuteMen story like
Dan Rather on a colorful metaphor:
Who could've foreseen it? Who do these pricks
think they are? Now they're conducting armed surveillance
on day laborers in Houston.
These idiots won't be happy until one of them
caps poor Jorge who's just looking for work. And
then Bush will just smirk and go "Gosh!" and do
nothing to secure the borders or stop the MinuteMen.
Speaking of white sheet lovers, My
Mind cleverly dissects homegrown terrorist, Erik
In April, Rudolph revealed his motives for the
first time, blaming his attacks on the legalization
of abortion and "aberrant sexual behavior."
- Pat Rudolph said the idea that her son will
be "buried in a cell" for the rest of his life
is something she tries not to think about.
Instead she focuses on Eric's innocent childhood
of punching girls and terrorizing lemonade stands.
Son Of Silverado?
Finally, Americans are waking up to BushCo's "divide and conquer"
tactic. It didn't work with millions of lost jobs and outsourcing.
It didn't even work with their claims of a "few pockets" of violence
in Iraq. What makes Greenspan fans think it'll work with real estate
Securities trader Bondad, posting at Daily
the obvious signs of looming real estate problems. Chilling,
considering who stands to gain the most from others' badly timed
And who stands to lose the most when the bubble either bursts
or slowly hisses itself to death? Could it possibly be low-income
and unemployed middle class folks? Hmm. Thank goodness it's only
a problem in a "few pockets" of the country.
Did you find the pattern of behavior I mentioned at the beginning?
Consider the targets: non-Christians, oil-rich progressive world
leaders, women, gays, racial minorities, anti-Iraq war protestors,
pro-choice defenders, the sexually-active, poor people and the middle
Right-wingers would have you believe that YOU are a danger to America.
Who's the real danger? (Hint: See paragraph 1.)
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